All posts by B. shigglesworth

Dreamer / Doer / Founder of Fashion Denver

FASHION DENVER ENJOYED A WEEKEND FULL OF STYLING, MUSIC, AND SHOES!!

Last weekend, Fashion Denver had some exciting opportunities that kept us busy and full of joy.

PhotoGrid_1374859220908We started it all out on Thursday when we went to Flat Irons Crossing shopping center and got to style some mannequins at Old Navy for their Blogger Night event.  The next evening was the main event and we enjoyed connecting with other local bloggers, as well as hanging out the staff and shoppers at Old Navy.  Some of the lovely bloggers we met were Krystabell Barrera of kitschybelle.com, Ana Kondenko of leprocrastinista.com, Dana Lynch of elementsofimage.com, Nicole Dominic hellolovedenver.com and worthwhilestyle.com, and Lonza Dennis of firstclassfashionista.com.

After arriving back in town on Friday night, we headed over to Civic Center Park to experience Denver Night! The atmosphere was light and carefree.  There were glowing blue circles on the ground that lit-up to a rainbow of colors when they were jumped on.  There were also tunnels of growing greens for people to “graze” on.  It was sort of like a fun community salad.  While we were there we enjoyed listening to the Denver Symphony Orchestra play, as well as a set from two of the members of the band The Fray to finish off the night.

Sunday brought a fun afternoon at DXC “The Dunk Exchange”.  Presented by Inkmonster the event was set at the Exdo Event Center. We had fun looking at all of the shoes, local designers’ fun clothing, hats and even fun bracelets made out of shoelaces.  Outside on the patio, there were artists spray-painting artwork.  There were also live rappers, dance contests, and raffles to liven up the crowd.  If you’re looking for some new kicks, this traveling shoe expo is the place to get them!

We had so much fun this weekend!  We can’t wait to see you at our next event!!

 

Support Local Business: Night and Day Vintage

Jessica and I took a little field trip around the corner this week to Night and Day Vintage. We can never get enough of their unique treasures and Anna and Amy’s bubbly and passionate personalities. A quick visit always sets a blissful tone for the rest of the day.

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Since 2012 Anna and Amy have sought out and sold classic vintage items that are well conditioned for a chic and classy lifestyle. They carry many unique and well-kept items — from German drinking glasses to 50s kitchenware to vintage lingerie to swim caps. Check out photos from our adventure this week!

 

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Visit Night and Day Vintage 

39 West 11th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204

Accessory Designer Watch: Adriana Godoy & Brittney Scott

Exciting things happening here at Fashion Denver! We’ve been meeting with a number fabulous local designers!

AdrianaLast week we met with Adriana Godoy.  Adriana is a swimwear and jewelry designer from Brazil, now living here in Colorado.  She came into the studio to give us a sneak peek at her latest jewelry line.  The line includes three bracelet styles, and three ring styles available in four different metal finishes.  Resembling teardrops, they have a fun fit and are versatile enough to fit any style. Elegant enough to easily dress up an outfit for a black tie event, yet the simple design means they can be worn on a daily basis.  All of the jewelry is locally made here in Colorado out of quality metals.  Watch Fashion Denver for news on Adriana Godoy’s launch this fall!!

This month we also had a fun visit with Brittney Scott of Brittney Scott Designs.  Brittney is a shoe designer with a love for sparkle.  She creates dazzling custom kicks blinged out with Swarovski Crystals.  Her start into the business began when she couldn’t find any high heels to pair with her wedding dress, that captured her personality.  Instead of settling for something second best, Brittney decided to turn her vision into reality and design her own shoes.  Once her friends and family saw her creations, she began making custom shoes for them as well.  Now open for business, you can get a custom pair of heels, or have her update your favorite shoes with some sparkle and shine.  Catch her and her sexy heels at RAW: Denver’s  next showcase coming up in August as well as in the New York Fashion Week Accessory Showcase this September.

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Denver RAW Showcases Local Talent

RAW: Natural born artists, is an organization that helps local artists get the resources and exposure they need to be successful. The evening of June 28th, RAW Denver held a showcase for their local talent. Taking place at City Hall Event Center on Broadway, we got to experience many of the different kinds of talent that RAW represents.

Upon entering the venue we stepped into a room full of dividers holding up each individual artists’ work. Each of the artists had something unique to offer. One guy [Axel Geittmann] had his original paintings for sale, as well as prints for a lower price, and was also offering his doodles drawn throughout the evening. Other artists displayed photography, painted masks, painted panes of glass, handmade jewelry and other creative media forms. Local bands Joe Olney, Dead End Drivers, and The Lindsey Saunders Band played very catchy and fun sets. On the main stage, a fire dancer named John Autobahn opened up the accessory fashion show with an exciting and upbeat fire performance. The accessory show featured the work of Kody Harlin of Lucid Weaves. About an hour later, a second fashion show promoted the beautiful works of local fashion designers, CB-Crochet, Meant Clothing, Heather Stewart of HD Couture, and Gabriela Martinez. The crowd loved the designs and had the opportunity to purchase the designers’ works before and after the shows.

This event had a very fun yet professional vibe. We really enjoyed being able to shop the designers’ racks, view the artists’ pieces, and buy fun and fashion forward jewelry, all while enjoying the catwalk and performances by other alternative artists. All of us here at Fashion Denver are looking forward to the next RAW showcase coming up next month!!

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Colorado Couture Designer Creates Costumes for Jessica Alba

Maggie Burns is the perfect example of someone who has chased after her dreams and is well on her way to a prosperous future.

Growing up on a farm with a house full of siblings, Maggie’s greatest inspiration, her mother, taught her to sew at a young age.  Four years ago, Maggie transformed her inner seamstress into a successful designer.  She now spends her days designing, making wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses for her company Marie-Margot Couture.

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One year ago, Maggie put herself into the film industry by submitting herself and her talent for sewing into a film association website.  This summer she was contacted to make costumes for Jessica Alba in her new film “Dear Eleanor” also starring Luke Wilson and Josh Lucas.  The film was being shot at the Jester Theatre in Boulder, CO and at the Paramount Theatre here in Denver.  The movie is set in the 60’s, just before the Hippie movement.
The entire process took about a month to complete.  Maggie saw it as an incredible opportunity to learn and expand her expertise.  Getting to go on set and watch some of the filming opened up an understanding and admiration for the film industry.  Sewing the costumes taught her a lot about her craft and another way to use it.  Through the fun and the challenges, measurements and deadlines, Maggie quotes that she “has absolutely no regrets, it was a very gratifying experience and all of the people were wonderful to work with”.  Over that month she was also working with her usual workload of clients and designing her line for an upcoming fashion show.  She is very grateful for all the help she got and couldn’t have done it all without her assistants. Maggie got to work with designer Justine Seymour [Designer for the film Sessions].  Justine sketched her designs and Maggie translated them into patterns and then sewed them to fit Jessica Alba.  Maggie also got to make some adorable costumes for an 18 month-old child in the film.

I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Maggie Burns.  Together we laughed about being stuck on a desert island.  The three things she would have with her would include her phone and charger, her kids, and a stock of food including chocolate, coffee, red wine, and avocados.  Maggie encouraged me to not let a week go by without doing something to help me achieve my dreams.  I’m grateful to Maggie for taking the time to come talk to me, and hope to someday work with her again in the future.

www.mariemargot.com

My review of the Denver Paint the Runway fashion show!

971748_10151522730142585_1112775632_nA fashion show in an art gallery, what better place to promote the future of fashion while raising funds for kids to go to Camp ArtReach.  On June 8th, First Class Fashionista presented a fantastic fashion show fundraiser at the Denver Art Society.

The event proceeds benefit The Denver Art Society and it’s local artists, as well as Camp ArtReach; A camp for at-risk kids to get exposure to the arts.

Outside the venue was parked The Denver Fashion Truck.  A traveling boutique including locally designed clothing, accessories, and an assortment of cute trinkets to liven up any room of your abode.

Inside The Denver Art Society, one could bid on a silent auction of various works of art, visit one of the vendors selling clothing, shoes and jewelry.  There was also a bar from Twist 6 and food made by Good Karma Coffee.

The highlight of the evening was the fashion show.  Designers included Maggie Burns of Marie-Margot Bridal Couture, Juan Jimenez of Barrera International, Gabriela Martinez of Gabriela Designs, Lisa Helm of Lisa Wear Clothing, Rachel Marie Hurst of Fashions by Rae Marie, and Francis D Roces of Kimono Dragons.

Maggie  Burns at Denver's Paint the RunwayThe show opened with three songs sung by Cicely O’kain.  Cicely is a Colorado native R&B artist.  Shortly after, the first three designers were premiered.   Francis, Juan, and Maggie each had a unique theme to their show and got the crowd excited.  There was then a short intermission, and continued with the beautiful lines of Lisa, Gabriela, and Rachel.  The finale included the student and graduate designs of the talented students from the Art Institute of Colorado.

In my opinion, Denver Paint the Runway was a marvelous success.  I was so excited to be at an event full of such talent and all done for a good cause.

 

 

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Click here to see the Fashion Denver photos of the event by Tory Rust! 

Denver Fashion Weekend Revisited

Denver Fashion Weekend 2013: A Model’s Perspective (Posted a little late but later late than never)…

Okay, so I was in a little bit of denial before, but I can finally accept it: Denver Fashion Weekend is over. And what an amazing event it was! I was honored (and a teeny bit terrified) to be chosen as one of the bodypaint models for the opening night of the event. I’d done bodypainting before, but never live in front of a crowd of people. But I love to step out of my comfort zone, and was excited to participate in one of the biggest fashion events in Denver.

The first thing I took note of as I arrived at City Hall was that there was water on the runway. My first thought: “That is SO FREAKING COOL!” My second thought: “…I really hope I don’t slip and fall on my face”. Excited and nervous, I looked around for my painters. Backstage, there were models getting their hair blow-dried to impossibly frizzy proportions, trying on their outfits, and chatting with each other. I finally found the bodypainting area and met my painters. They started right away, one of them painting my face and the other working on my torso. After an hour or so of having paintbrushes coming at me from every direction, Denver Fashion Weekend attendees started coming in, sipping cocktails and watching the models get painted. They took tons of pictures of us, many of them asking our permission to do so first (how nice of them!). As the guests watched me and the other models getting painted, I watched them just as intently. I couldn’t help but notice how fashionable the crowd was: They all looked like they could have been on the runway right alongside the models! This made me proud to live in a city that is so fashion-forward and expressive.

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Soon, many of the guests went toward the runway area to watch the fashion show. I couldn’t help but wish that I could see the creations of some amazing local designers: Piazza, 50 Dresses, Covello, Incroyables, Rachel Marie Hurst, and Fallene Wells. I also wanted to get a look at Mondo Guerra’s adorable Haute Dog collection. However, I was excited for my own experience on the runway, and I knew that there would be plenty of pictures of the designers’ creations online after the event.

I won’t go into the thrill of stomping down that water-filled runway (though it was amazing), because even more thrilling than that was the process of being a canvas for some amazing artists. I think bodypainting is emerging as a serious and admirable art form, and I’m so grateful to live in a city that recognizes that.

Meet Barberry & Lace!

Barberry & Lace-Barberry & Lace is a jewelry company started in Fall 2010 by Leigh Benner. Because of Barberry & Lace’s unique statement pieces and vintage flair, every woman is bound to find an item (or several) that she absolutely adores. Each piece of jewelry is grown up, yet inspires a sort of nostalgia for youth. You can find beautiful and simple flower earrings, or a charming necklace with rollerblades or a globe attached. Each Barberry & Lace piece is like a special and unique treasure.

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50 Dresses at Paninaro Rewind!

50 Dresses- 50 Dresses was founded in May 2010 by Tess Vigil. Located in the RiNo Arts District, the 50 Dresses store carries a variety of dresses that are flirty and fun! Tess is inspired by vintage silhouettes and style, and every dress is chic, yet comfortable and easy to wear. We love the simplicity of Tess’ designs. But simple does not mean boring! Each 50 Dresses outfit stands out from the crowd.

Visit http://50dresses.com/

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